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Flight Path Conservation Experience

  • King bed or twin beds.
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The George Hotel offers two amazing exclusive conservation experiences in Canterbury.

 

 

Conservation Experience - half day & full day options

Choose from a half-day or full-day excursion available exclusively to guests of The George.

We partner with Christchurch Helicopters to support Flight Path – a fundraising programme that sponsors the critically-endangered orange-fronted Kakariki – a small, native parrot. 

Release Flight Opportunity

This full-day experience includes an exclusive seat on a return flight with Christchurch Helicopters from Christchurch into Arthur’s Pass to one of three valleys and the opportunity to be part of a release.  Imagine being able to have the change to experience one of these treasured birds being released into the forest as part of the orange-fronted Kakariki Flight Path program.  (Subject to bird release program and availability, P.O.A)

Conservation Experience - Half Day 

Your experience begins before dawn with the sights, sounds and smells of the forest as it pulses with native flora and fauna, not found anywhere else in the world. New Zealanders are proud and protective of our environment. And, one extraordinary, endangered bird, only found here in Canterbury is the orange-fronted parakeet or Kãkãriki, with its unmistakable, vibrant plumage, is the focus of this experience

You are delivered from The George by private chauffeur to meet your guide at Christchurch Helicopters. 

After lift-off, you will immediately take in the extensive vista of the farmland of the Canterbury Plains. Your view is only interrupted by the region’s famous braided rivers flowing from the foothills as you continue west toward the mighty Southern Alps. 

Get into ‘Ranger-mode’ and check and re-bait traps, spot Kakariki and other native animals in the wild. Take in unparalleled 360-degree views while you enjoy a picnic lunch, especially prepared for you by the cuisine team at The George. Over lunch your guide will talk about the ‘little Canterbury battler’ and the extensive conservation work undertaken to help it survive and thrive.

Package includes:

  • A night in a Park Suite at The George
  • Gourmet breakfast for two in 50 Bistro
  • Private Chauffeur transfers to Christchurch Helicopters and return trip back to The George
  • Flights with Christchurch Helicopters
  • Private guide experience provided by Christchurch Helicopters
  • Gourmet picnic hamper including morning tea and lunch
  • Mineral water and juice
  • The George branded drink bottles (2)
  • Donation to the Flight Path programme
  • Package price at $7,500 for two people

 

 

 

Conservation Flight Experience - Full Day

The ultimate in immersive travel with the chance to participate in a full day experience in the New Zealand high country.

A seat on a return flight with Christchurch Helicopters from Christchurch into Arthur’s Pass. This full-day experience includes everything on the Conservation Experience and more. 

Package includes:

  • A night in a Park Suite at The George
  • Gourmet breakfast for two in 50 Bistro
  • Private Chauffeur transfers to Christchurch Helicopters and return trip back to The George
  • Flights with Christchurch Helicopters
  • Private guide experience provided by Christchurch Helicopters
  • Gourmet picnic hamper including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
  • Mineral water and juice
  • Three-course dinner in 50 Bistro 
  • Bottle of Nautilus Cuvee to enjoy with your picnic, or over dinner
  • The George branded Keep Cups (2)
  • The George branded drink bottles (2)
  • Donation to the Flight Path programme
  • Package price $9,000 for two people

 

Additional information:

1. Kakariki is a small species, but incredibly beautiful at approximately 22cm high and weighing around 50g.  Once widespread they are now only found in the Poulter, Hawden and South Branch Hurunui valleys in Arthurs Pass.  Why is this such a special bird?  It lives on a knife-edge!  Twice thought to be extinct their numbers in the wild are now dangerously low, estimated at fewer than 300, which makes it one of the rarest birds in New Zealand (in fact, rarer than takahe and kakapo). 

2. This experience has only been available since July 2019 and is only available to guests of The George and cannot be offered by any other hotel in Christchurch/Canterbury.

3. Funds Raised by The George - $5,000 in contribution direct from The George each year and a portion of all conservation and release flight fares goes back to the Flight Path Trust.  Additional donations from the philanthropically minded guest can be made to the Flight Path cause through The George, or direct to Flight Path.

4.There are captive breeding programmes at Issac Conservation and Wildlife Trust and Orana Park in Christchurch as well as at Auckland ZOO and Pakaha in the Wairarapa. Birds bred in these sites are released back into the wild as part of the recovery program supported by funds raised through Flight Path.

Contact us to make a booking 

Special thanks to:

Christchurch Helicopters

christchurchhelicopters.co.nz

christchurchhelicopters.co.nz/project/parakeet/

Chauffeur NZ

chauffeurnz.com/

Department of Conservation 

doc.govt.nz/orange-fronted-parakeet

Features & Highlights

  • Turn down service
  • Breakfast for 2
  • Picnic Lunch
  • Private Chauffeurs
  • Private guide
  • Only available by special arrangement
  • Experience Christchurch Helicopters
  • Discover NZ's natural environment

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What our patrons say

The staff were very friendly and extremely helpful. Our room was very modern, clean & comfortable. Breakfast was a standard buffet with a good menu of cooked choices (some of which are charged as extra). The hotel is right opposite the park with the botanical gardens and a 15 minute walk from the city centre.

We enjoyed a lot our stay at the George! The staff is very thoughtful, the hotel is confortable, quiet with large and sunny bedrooms, large beds, nice bathrooms. Close to the park and to the center. Excellent breakfast

Our three day stay at The George was a wonderful and relaxing experience. The hotel is a 5-10 minute walk to downtown but a short walk to the Botanic Gardens and Avon River which provide outstanding opportunities for both city adventure and leisure exploration. The real highlight for us, after several days of travel was a complimentary laundry room on the second floor with washers, driers and laundry detergent.

Exceptional, Such a lovely hotel. Staff were extremely helpful. Breakfast was excellent